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Annual Report 2017

Making Work Extraordinary | Making Extraordinary Work An ed school professor once wryly remarked, “school is where young people come to watch older people work.” In too many schools, this is sadly the case: grownups go through the motions of work without asking much of students. At Alma, we’ve always set out to ask more of our scholars and to lead them to do the phenomenal work we know they are capable of doing. Likewise, we’ve always hired teachers with a true fire in their belly who won’t rest until their scholars meet their potential. This past year, we aimed to become even more true to ourselves as a school. Our growth, far from diluting our founding spirit, has given us renewed vigor in pursuing excellence. In recognition of this, we embraced a thematic challenge to Make Work Extraordinary and Make Extraordinary Work. The word “work” often summons images of drudgery and obligation. Glancing through these pages, you’ll see that work at Alma is anything but. In this report, you’ll get a glimpse of what makes working at Alma—whether you’re five years old or 65—a truly extraordinary experience. With joy, passion and a lot of careful planning, our talented teachers ensure that our scholars’ experience of school is challenging, engaging and fulfilling. In turn, our scholars produce work that is worthy of more than just temporary display on the refrigerator. Their brilliant essays, maps of nearby trails, field guides and beautiful artwork are unique contributions to the world and a testament to their learning.

Table of Contents Making Extraordinary Work

Making Work Extraordinary

Growth Milestones ........................2

Almazing Fund ................................16

Scholar Diversity ...............................3

Master Teachers ..............................19

Scholar Achievement......................5

Supporters .......................................23

Scholar Highlights ..........................8

Financials .......................................24

In addition to the many achievements of our scholars and teachers, we as an organization celebrated several milestones in the past year. We moved into our new home, received approval from the state to expand our enrollment by 25% and continued to build on the strong outcomes we’ve had since we opened. Alma is working. On behalf of our scholars, our families and our staff, thank you for helping to make Alma work.

Will Gardner Jan Baptist Executive Director Chair, Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Chris Arnold Jan Baptist Mary Jean Blasdale Bronwen Cunningham David Eckert Gail Fortes Lucile (Cile) Hicks Martha Kay Maria Rosario Bob Unger


Celebrating Alma’s Expansion We’re celebrating some exciting growth this year beyond the addition of the eighth grade. The state approved our request to expand Alma del Mar’s enrollment by 90 scholars last winter. This brings our total capacity up to 450 scholars. After what was a highly competitive process, this approval was a strong endorsement by the state of the powerful work Alma educators are doing here in New Bedford.

Just days before Alma’s winter lottery, the state approved our request to enroll an additional 90 scholars.

We’re now able to broaden our impact in the community and plan to implement the growth gradually over the next few years. The growth began this fall with new sections of kindergarten and first grade—allowing us to keep class sizes smaller in these younger grades, where research shows smaller class sizes are the most important. We’ve also enrolled more scholars in other grades, including many siblings of current scholars who sat on our waiting list for years. Alma’s expansion has also enabled us to increase our capacity for additional specialized staff—such as additional reading and math specialists, as well as a school counselor—ensuring that we continue to provide the high level of individual attention we give each of our scholars.

Scholar Growth



400 300 200 120


100 2011 2012







2014 2015




2017 2018



More New Bedford children are

making extraordinary work this year. Alma’s diversity reflects the rich history of New Bedford and represents the many

groups of people who live in our city. Our scholars benefit from an education that prepares them to succeed while they work alongside peers of all backgrounds.




9 7




1 5


8 14

2 Brazil

7 Guatemala

3 Cape Verde

8 Haiti

11 Mexico

14 Senegal

4 Dominican

9 Honduras

12 Nigeria

15 USA (including

10 Kenya

13 Portugal

7% 14% 47% 32%


10 2

Puerto Rico)

16 Vietnam

Scholar Demographics

Hispanic White African American Other, including multi-race

The Mahmoud family learned of Alma del Mar shortly after moving to New Bedford with their three young boys. Due to a change in their financial situation, the family had to leave their home in Foxborough to live in New Bedford, where the cost of living was much lower. They were frustrated with their children’s new school, however, and had already increased the homework help they were providing to their boys at home. Having grown up in Egypt, Suzanne and her husband Wagdy were used to highly structured schools with challenging academics. When a coworker told her about Alma, Suzanne knew it was the right choice for her family.



6 El Salvador



“It was an incredible year for Kevin,” mom Gissell said. “We can’t wait to see what both of our children can achieve this year. Leslie says she wants to improve in math, and we think that can happen at Alma.”


1 Afghanistan

5 Egypt

When Kevin started first grade at Alma, he was very shy and considered an entry-level English Language Learner, only reading at a mid-kindergarten level. Alma teachers immediately got Kevin the supports he needed. He ended the year proficient in English and jumped nine levels to read at a mid-second grade level. He even broke out of his shell and took on a spotlight role as co-host of the Booster Club’s school-wide talent show. Now, because of our ability to enroll more children, Leslie joined Alma del Mar this fall as a sixth-grader in the Class of 2028.

Family Countries of Origin Republic

We first met the Padilla family in 2011 when they applied for their thenpreschool-aged daughter Leslie for our first-ever kindergarten class. Her number wasn’t drawn that first year, or the year after that. For four years, Leslie sat on the Alma waiting list while attending a district elementary school. Her younger brother Kevin joined her on the list for one year and then, in 2016, his number was called and he was enrolled in the first grade.

English Language Learners 12 12 10 8 6 4 2 0


% Alma del Mar % State of Mass.

Students with Disabilities

20 15 10



% Alma del Mar % State of Mass.

They applied for the two eldest boys and spent the weeks leading up to Alma’s lottery praying for their names to be called. For two years straight, they weren’t. 80 60 40





A few weeks after another Alma enrollment lottery put their children back on the waiting list, Wagdy was told there was a spot open for Mohamed to enroll in the third grade due to the enrollment expansion. The family was ecstatic. Shortly after they received similar calls for Ibraheem, set to begin kindergarten in the fall, and Abdullah, who was gearing up for fourth grade.

High Needs 71 45

% Alma del Mar % State of Mass.

“We want the world for them,” Suzanne said. “School isn’t just about learning to read and write. It’s about being challenged and supported; being prepared for the future. We know Alma del Mar is where they will get that.”

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High Achievement on MCAS for Alma Scholars Last spring, Alma del Mar scholars took the more rigorous MCAS 2.0 along with their peers around the state. The hard work of our scholars and educators is evident in their high achievement on the tests. In Math, Alma scholars passed the test at a higher rate than both their district and statewide peers. Our scholars also outperformed their district peers in ELA and nearly matched the state average. In addition to performing well compared to statewide and district peers, Alma scholars are on par with students in nearby suburbs.


Overall Achievement 54






30 15



% Alma del Mar % State of Mass. % New Bedford


Alma’s high needs scholars outperformed the general population of students citywide on the MCAS. This makes clear that Alma’s high support model leads all of our scholars to achieve to their potential.

High Needs Population




40 30


20 10


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% Alma del Mar (High Needs) % New Bedford (All) % New Bedford (High Needs)


Scholars Combine Learning and Service to Make an Impact

Middle School scholars took a tremendous leap this past year to break out of the typical classroom mold. They hosted their own experientiallearning Expedition Night in their new home. They sought out local experts on the topics that mattered most to them. They focused on real change, on ways to authentically serve those around them, and went out into the community to share what they had learned.

Fifth-grade scholars took on some heavy cases related to the U.S.

Constitution last spring. In June, the class hosted a Symposium on Constitutional Law and its Effect on Everyday Life. There, our scholars went head-to-head with local attorneys and law enforcement officials on issues of law and liberty including: privacy and electronic devices, law enforcement and the First Amendment, and sentencing for minors. They gave thoughtful opinions on the cases and asked challenging questions of the guest experts, which led to rich, meaningful discussions.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Elspeth Cypher converses with fifth-graders about cases involving the First Amendment. 7

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Scholars Push for Change on Social Justice Issues

An Extraordinary Quest

After researching the history of slavery earlier in the school year, our seventh-grade scholars began researching current social justice issues for their final expedition projects. Scholars learned about a wide range of social justice topics—including animal cruelty, police relations, climate change, depression/ suicide prevention, school safety and LGBTQ rights—before selecting one they felt most passionate about. As part of their research, scholars met with local experts on their topics to ensure they explored all sides of the issue and understood its effects here in New Bedford. Their final question was always the same: How can we, as kids, be a part of the solution? With answers to that question in mind, scholars took another giant step toward being service-minded leaders. They took a stance and, through public presentations during New Bedford’s monthly AHA! Night in June, encouraged members of the New Bedford community to take action.

1 Gayle informs the public about the rights of members of the LGBTQ community while advocating for all to be treated equal.

Scholars in sixth grade stepped outside their classroom to conduct

research in the community. They studied Henry David Thoreau and his affection for nature, then discovered Thoreau had spent time in New Bedford while visiting Daniel Ricketson, a poet and nature lover who lived in a shanty in Brooklawn Park, just five minutes from Alma. Tucked inside the Park is Ricketson Nature Trail, an old pathway that has been improved over the years but is still relatively unknown. Our sixth-graders say their families didn’t know the trail existed despite countless trips to the park for picnics and baseball games. A trail map didn’t exist either, which meant few others could enjoy it. Our scholars created a trail map as part of their Expedition studies. They learned about trundle wheels and coordinates. They spent hours at the park, making sure their measurements from a small walking bridge to a donated bench to a large fallen tree were just right. Our scholars donated their trail map to the City of New Bedford for public use.

2 Julius engages a visitor about the dangers of “puppy mills” as part of his research project on animal shelters.


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With co-curricular electives, our

Scholars Find Their Independence, and Passion

Middle School scholars are getting

In Art Elective, scholars are given the opportunity to grow their artistic practice in a more self-led classroom environment. Starting with a new drawing technique, medium, or skill to bring to their process, scholars work on independent projects over the course of several weeks after which they are able to propose their own projects and ideas to bring to fruition. Over the course of this past year, scholars created drawings, paintings, cyanotypes, sculptures and prints that have pushed their practices way beyond expectations.

more choice when it comes to how they spend parts of their school day.

For Chloe (Class of 2026), participating in Art Elective was motivating and helped keep her engaged when she was overwhelmed by classroom work. “Art has allowed me to explore my creative side and talents that are open to interpretation, not just a strict set of rules.” Scholars in Instrumental Music Elective were able to dig deep into the inner workings of the violin and hone their skills on the cello and viola. At the same time they learned to play high-energy songs like “Shippin’ Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. “This group was really passionate about mastering their string instrument,” said Keri Benson, Alma’s Instrumental Music Teacher. Some scholars found their rhythm, and their voices, in the Middle School Chorus last year. These scholars got a chance to sing a few current hits and even learned to harmonize to an a cappella version of “Some Nights” by Fun. “This group was so excited to sing,” said Joshua DaPonte, Alma’s Music Teacher. “When you get them into a room together, different ages, different abilities, they just rose to the challenge. They really shined.”



Emily shows off a design piece she created in Art Elective.


The Middle School Chorus performs at our ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Scholars study violin, viola and cello in Alma’s Instrumental Music Elective.


Lower School Scholars Engage with Their Community

From the very beginning, scholars at Alma del Mar benefit from our hands-on approach to education. They pursue long-term, interdisciplinary investigations—or Expeditions—that engage community experts and civic leaders. The collaborative work they produce ignites in them a passion for learning that will propel them on the road to college and serve them throughout their lives. Thanks to generous donations to our 2016 Capital Campaign, Alma’s first-graders now have access to beautiful new garden beds custom-designed for people their size. “It’s one of the many resources we’re able to provide our scholars with funding from private donors and foundations,” says Director of Curriculum and Instruction Elizabeth Leiwant. As part of Alma’s spring Farm to Table Expedition, scholars worked with local experts, including farmers at Alderbrook Farm and Sharing the Harvest Community Farm (both in Dartmouth) and beekeeper Ben Jones to learn where food comes from and how the animals that produce it are cared for. They studied the plant lifecycle by growing their own vegetables from seed and developed measuring skills collecting data on growth, sunlight and rainfall. During a unit on government and civic leadership called This Land Is Our Land, they met with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and asked hard-hitting questions about education and crime. How is he going to provide everyone in the state with access to good schools, one scholar asked, and how will he make sure there are no guns? While first-graders were focusing on modern life, third-graders were hard at work producing a Colonial-era newspaper called The Colonial Times. Part of a unit on Colonial America, their investigation began with a visit to the offices of New Bedford newspaper The Standard-Times, where they got a behind-the-scenes look at the deadline-driven world of journalism. Scholars went on to write their own columns from a variety of perspectives—a young man growing up in Colonial Virginia, a Native American working alongside her new neighbors, a slave whose parents had been captured in Africa—and created a newspaper complete with crop reports and a review of the local tavern. In addition to developing their literacy skills and teaching them how to structure a newspaper article, the project encouraged them to reflect deeply on what life was like in the 1700s. 13

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The Almazing Fund Sets Sail

Making WORK Extraordinary

We created the Almazing Fund in 2016 in order to support our teachers’ intellectual pursuits and educational practices and to facilitate the experiential learning that drives Alma’s curriculum. We know that when our teachers get pumped up about the content they’re teaching, our scholars will too.

Our teaching team is a diverse and talented crew who dedicate their work to our scholars and their families.

Four teachers were selected by a committee of their peers to conduct intensive research via fully funded “micro-sabbaticals” last summer. They tracked down primary sources as nearby as Nantucket and as far away as Europe. “This is a place where teachers are respected as professionals and nurtured,” says Director of Curriculum and Instruction Elizabeth Leiwant. “The Almazing Fund helps teachers dig in to the subjects they’re passionate about and recharge their batteries. It’s an important part of sustaining their long-term commitment to Alma.”

Ned Carson

Fifth Grade Literacy Teacher With Confederate monuments sparking protest and dialogue across the nation, Ned Carson’s recent journey through the American South could not have been more relevant. In teaching fifth-grade scholars about Civil Rights and the Jim Crow era, he strives to bring these critical chapters of American history to life—to remember the real people who risked their lives in the struggle for equality. “It’s easy to read about these things in books, but visiting the actual sites gave me a much better sense of the risks and physical dangers people faced,” he says. Mr. Carson teaches units on the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and the ongoing effects of segregation on our society. His first-hand experiences as an Almazing Fund Fellow will bring renewed energy and intensity into his classroom discussions, impressing on scholars that their readings about historic events like the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 are “more than nice stories—that changing the minds of white America took hard work and personal bravery.”

Nathalie Concepcion

First Grade Co-Teacher A Founding Teacher at Alma del Mar, Nathalie Concepcion was inspired to teach first grade after working with struggling high school students who hadn’t received the academic support they needed at the elementary level. Her first-grade scholars study American government and learn how to make their voices heard as voters and citizens. One unit of the curriculum focuses on American symbols—the bald eagle, the State of Liberty—and how different groups of people have used them to galvanize political movements. continued on the next page


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As an Almazing Fund Fellow, Ms. Concepcion experienced firsthand the power of such symbols of American freedom as the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. “Seeing these symbols in person allowed me to learn a lot more about how they’ve been used and celebrated,” she says. “I’m looking forward to bringing my expertise back into the classroom so that our scholars also become experts able to make their communities and the world a better place.”

Joshua DaPonte

Music Teacher Founding Teacher Joshua DaPonte “feels a spark of creativity” among the teachers at Alma del Mar that he has never encountered before. In developing the curriculum for Alma’s comprehensive music program, he sought to make deliberate crossclassroom connections, focusing on maritime music, for example, to support units on New Bedford’s extensive whaling history. Mr. DaPonte used his Almazing Fund grant to conduct primary research at the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library, bolstering his passion for sea shanties and work songs—a passion he’ll share with scholars in the classroom. “Holding in your hands a document written by someone in 1770 takes your breath away,” he says. “It’s an inspiring way to bring history to life, to help scholars imagine themselves on that sailing ship.”

Kate Frazer-Rego

Visual Art Teacher Now in her seventh year at Alma del Mar, Visual Art Teacher Kate Frazer-Rego teaches a variety of movements, techniques and artists to help scholars develop their own artistic practices so they can better convey their thoughts and ideas. But her wider focus, she says, is conveying to scholars a sense of wonder about the world they live in and a desire to explore it for themselves. “We’re pushing our scholars to dream big,” she explains, “to discover the world beyond New Bedford and find their place in it.” Thanks to her Almazing Fund grant, Ms. Frazer-Rego was able to tour Europe for 15 days last summer, visiting world-famous museums like the Tate in London and the Louvre in Paris and investigating the masterpieces she’s spent a lifetime studying in books and online. “Seeing paintings like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in person was tremendous,” she says. “What it offers me in terms of teaching is a deeper understanding of the subtle techniques the artists used in creating them.”


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This year we created the Master Teacher designation at Alma as

Jessica Summers (Ferreira) joined Alma del Mar in 2012 as Lead Math Teacher for our third grade. Her scholars’ strong results on the MCAS test that first year were a testament to her strong instruction and helped to set Alma apart as a highperforming school. Ms. Summers’ consistently strong instruction has already given four cohorts of Alma third-graders a strong launching pad toward upper elementary mathematics. In addition, her highly structured and highly joyful classroom culture has set the tone for Alma culture beyond her classroom.

a way to recognize and reward high performing teachers who choose to remain in the classroom and further develop their

A Parent ’s Perspective: “Ms. Summers sets a high bar for my scholar.”

craft. Our Master Teachers form the backbone of our teaching

Margaret (Mags) Carvalho

has distinguished herself as a teacher who can drive scholars to think deeply and engage in high-level discussions about mathematics. In addition to her strong instruction, Ms. Carvalho has taken on leadership throughout Alma. She currently serves as a Math Department Co-Chair and a member of the Curriculum Team. She also mentors and coaches teachers on curriculum and instruction.

team, driving results with their own scholars while contributing to the growth of their colleagues. Meet Alma’s Masters:

A Parent ’s Perspective: “Ms. Carvalho is responsive to my child’s needs and provides positive recommendations to help her succeed.”

Kyla Spindler quickly distinguished herself as a high-performing teacher whose

Joshua DaPonte has created a high-quality general music program from the

practice deftly blended strong “no excuses” techniques with content-rich expedition work when she joined the Founding Team in 2011. By her second year, Ms. Spindler’s classroom stood out not only for the high academic achievement of her scholars, but for the way in which her young crew collaborated and solved problems together. As the Math Department Chair for the past four years, she has worked to design and improve our curriculum and coach teachers in math instruction.

ground up, basing the program on research-based best practices in the field of music education while integrating it with the broader curriculum in every grade. Visitors to his classroom are frequently amazed at the type of musical knowledge scholars are mastering. Whether they are effectively improvising rhythms or thoughtfully composing melodies on a recorder, scholars in Mr. DaPonte’s music music room create high-quality work every day.

A Parent ’s Perspective: “Ms. Spindler gets my kid. She’s clearly dedicated to

A Parent ’s Perspective: “Mr. DaPonte challenges my children in different musical aspects

getting him to be his best.”


which I feel has helped them become better problem solvers and thinkers for the future.”

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We’re Giving Our Extraordinary Staff New Leadership Opportunities

One of the pillars of making work extraordinary for our teachers is ensuring they are able to continue to grow professionally while teaching at Alma del Mar. This means offering various leadership opportunities for those interested in developing certain skills—whether it be as a supervisor, a curriculum designer, or offering support to scholars as they navigate the high school admissions process. We’ve designed these roles in a way that rejects the “either-or” discussion—teachers can still lead a classroom while also pursuing a leadership role. Our Instructional Leadership Team is engaged in rigorous discussion about big picture, strategic decisions for the school. The team is composed of department chairs and deans, all of whom continue to engage in the classroom, which means that the teacher’s voice is at the table being heard. This unique way of structuring teacher leadership supports our belief that at Alma, it’s your ship.

Multiple Career Paths 1

Teaching Fellow

Associate Teacher

Lead Teacher


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focus on: classroom instruction Department Chair

focus on: curriculum development 3


Master Teacher

Academic Dean

focus on: management & supervision


Thanks to Our Supporters $20,000+

Chris & Trish Arnold Bristol County Savings Bank Foundation Carney Family Charitable Foundation CHT Foundation Henry H. Crapo Foundation— Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

Sacramento Charitable Foundation Loretto & Dwight Crane Allan & Priscilla Ditchfield Elizabeth Chapin & John Grummon Eastern Charitable Foundation William & Deborah Elfers Arline & Roy Enoksen Annette Ewing The Harbor Oaks Foundation Prentiss & Polly Higgins Heidi & Arthur Huguley Katri M. Hyyppa-Garber & John Paul Garber Longfield Family Foundation, Inc. Ludes Family Foundation John Menzel Richard & Faith Morningstar Drew & Lynne Nahigyan New Bedford Day Nursery Fund Olive Higgins Prouty Foundation John & Lynn Reichenbach Frank & Barbara Resnek St. Aidan’s Chapel Robert & Bonnie Stapleton The Cynthia M. Whitehead Charitable Fund


Up to $999

Acushnet Foundation Fund— Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts Jim & Bess Hughes Fund— Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts Leonard & Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation The Ludcke Foundation George H. & Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund


David & Victoria Croll David & Jackie Eckert Orville W. Forte Charitable Foundation Lucile P. Hicks


AdM Booster Club Talbot Baker Jr. Charles & Christina Bascom Mary Jean & Bill Blasdale Barbara Cook Club Madeirense S.S. 23

Jonas Peter Akins Amazon Chase & Nicole Arnold Harrison & Alex Arnold Chris & Veronique Bale

Jan Baptist Chris & Colleen Bator Carl & Tamara Beckman Boutique Fitness, Inc. Todd & Julie Boes Nan & Bill Braucher Chad Brubaker & Lean Camara Peter & Tia Bullard Christian & Allie Burnett Chris & Debby Burnett Capt. Weston & Barbara Burnett Karen Burnett-Kurie Laura Burnett-Kurie Robert Burnett-Kurie Patricia Burns Joyce Louise Calnen Karyn & Ben Campbell Dr. H.R. & Mrs. Chowdri David & Parsons Clark Sheila Powers Converse Mary & Sackett Cook Robert Booth & Bronwen Cunningham Deborah L. Daigle James & Carol Dildine Ellen Dingwell Kathy Dinneen Tim Donohue Matt & Dee Downey Timothy H. Dyer Nancy & Jim Edwards Fiber Optic Center Inc Jim & Janet Fitzgibbons Gail Fortes Garden Club of Buzzards Bay David Gilbertson & Carolee Matsumoto

Sally M. Graves Trust Marjorie Greville Ernest M. Haddad Brian & Robin Hicks Frederic & Johanna Hood Peter G. Huidekoper The Humphrey Foundation Nan Johnson Dennis Keefe The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc. Rachael Kolb Bob & Diane Kramer Ted & Nancy Kurtz Linda Lacroix Barry & Sherry Leiwant Fran Levin Ted & Barbara Lorentzen Daniel & Beverly Machado Magdalin MacGregor Alex & Freddy McFerran James & Sandra McKenna James & Diane Medeiros Kathy & Derek Melven Robert & June Monteiro Laura E. Morse Ives Nathan Carolyn Nunez Anthony & Emily Pantaleoni Lois Pais Charles & Renia Platt David Prentiss & Lucy Iannotti Prudential Foundation Genie & Don Rice Kathryn Rifenburg Jane & Peter Rioux Vernon Rodenborg Annual Report 2017

Anthony R. Sapienza Paul & Tina Schmid Gerry Rosen & Barbara Schwartz Mark & Margot Schmid The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Mason & Jean Smith Star Oil of New Bedford, Inc. Jessica Summers Paul D. & Ulla N. Sullivan Bill & June Swanson

John & Linda Sweeney John & Mary Sweeney Tracy & Nathan Sylvia Bob Unger & Barbara LeBlanc George Unhoch Cathy & Rob Utzschneider Tracy Warncke Happy & Henley Webb Jay & Mimi Whalen Tony & Eusie Zane

Closing Capital Campaign gifts after Oct. 1, 2016

In-Kind Donors

Nathaniel & Jewelle Bickford Barbara Cook DeMello Market Jeanne Eagle Lucile Hicks Hub Comics Moby Dick Brewing Co. Carolyn Nunez David Prentiss

Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Nathaniel & Jewelle Bickford Jack & Nancy Braitmayer Jim & Janet Fitzgibbons Lucile P. Hicks Move the World Foundation Kathleen & Gurdon B. Wattles

Financial Report

Profit & Loss


July 2016­—June 2017

Income Tuition Government Grants & Funding Nutrition Funding Private Support Funding Student Programs & Misc Fees Interest / Investment Income TOTAL INCOME

$ 3,881,622 $ 286,105 $ 205,212 $ 319,464 $ 43,231 $ 932 $ 4,736,566




8% 13%


Personnel Costs

Expenditures Personnel Costs Administrative Costs Instructional Services Other Student Services Operation & Maintenance of Plant Other Fixed Charges TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$ 2,708,464 $ 206,766 $ 577,725 $ 373,437 $ 545,088 $ 80,129 $ 4,491,608




Administration Costs Instructional Services Other Student Services Operation and Maintenance of Plant Other Fixed Charges

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